Practising Self Care has been my damn life saver
Thank you Jo and Cee Jay for alerting me to its very possibility 4 years ago!
After all, if I dont practise it noone else will for me!
And boy do I practice now!
From…..walking for hours on a deserted beach, meandering along the Medina for miles, swimming in the still cold sea to….snuggling deep into my duvet and allowing myself a complete day to just ‘be’ not ‘do’, treating myself to the odd massage or new nails, ordering a naughty treat online ..and ….. frequenting music, fun and friends between when my social rancour abides!
So….I have learned lots too – that eating little and often is far better for my unique metabolism, especially avoiding late night binge fests on both food and alcohol after zero all day. That avoiding wheat esp in white TIGER and cheese bread – but oh the temptation – is ESSENTIAL to avoid morning bloating – belly like a b BALLOON – and stomach cramps. That I NEED – no make that HAVE to HAVE my 5 a day or I am in an inordinate amount of pain for no conceiveable reason.
That walking, swimming or ANY form of exercise and fresh air out and about FEED my sleep pattern and its soooooo much better when I do this. Gone are the 5am mental all nighters and the lethargic days that follow. Gone are the persistent whirling thoughts in fact since I self imposed a complete STOP on that damn medication.
Sure it got me through and boy those were some difficult times. But I am doing ok without and into my 9th week – and to actually FEEL again is a total eye opener!
Most of all – alone time is my salve and my step away from the vehicle of Life saviour!
Closing the cottage door, switching off the phone, shunning social media, indulging in some good drama box sets or simply writing, reading or doing NOTHING -that is right – NOTHING is a godsend. And I am at a stage in my Life where I am lucky enough to be able to do that now.
This may mean that funds are low but I also find that less work means having to live far more simply and this in itself is a revelation. I almost feel sick at my spending habits of the past. The old me.
So thank you new me.
Thank you to all the new friends I have made here on this beautiful isle – to the fresh saline air, the clear starry skies, the winds and waves of the Solent – the rolling hills, endless beaches, and pretty harbours.
Here I am.
Three years on.